Latest Veterans affairs News

President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Biden fills out State Department team with Obama veterans

Jan. 16, 2021 10:24 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday filled out his State Department team with a group of former career diplomats and veterans of the Obama administration, signaling his desire to return to a more traditional foreign policy after four years of uncertainty and unpredictability under...

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz lifts a just-delivered box of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, to get a sense of its weight, in the Minneapolis VA Hospital's loading dock Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)

Walz blasts feds for uncertainty over vaccine expansion

Jan. 15, 2021 6:04 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sharply criticized the federal government on Friday for the sudden uncertainty over whether states would receive increased shipments of coronavirus vaccines from the national stockpile, accusing the Trump administration of “lying” earlier this week about...

White House, tribes joined to deliver Alaska Native vaccines

Jan. 15, 2021 9:33 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A partnership with the Trump administration has reduced disparities in Alaska Native access to COVID-19 testing, treatment and protective equipment, tribal health care leaders said. The administration’s coronavirus initiative has treated Indigenous tribes as sovereign...

Andrew Yang announces his run for New York Mayor during a news conference in Morningside Park on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen).

Ex-presidential candidate Andrew Yang joins NYC mayoral race

Jan. 14, 2021 6:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang officially entered the race for mayor of New York City on Thursday, joining a crowded Democratic primary field that includes longtime elected officials and veterans of the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is barred by the city charter...

Ex-general is Cooper's choice for military affairs secretary

Jan. 13, 2021 6:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A retired three-star Marine Corps general is Gov. Roy Cooper's choice as North Carolina's next military and veterans affairs secretary. Walter Gaskin, who retired from active duty in 2013 as a lieutenant general, will join Cooper's Cabinet, the governor announced on Wednesday. He'll...

Respiratory therapist sentenced for stealing COVID equipment

Jan. 12, 2021 8:48 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A respiratory therapist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to three months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing a ventilator and other medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic and selling it for personal gain. Gene Wamsley, 42, of Bonney Lake, must remain...

Illinois VA head quits in wake of COVD-19 outbreak at homes

Jan. 11, 2021 5:06 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The director of Illinois’ Veteran Affairs Department is leaving the post, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Monday. Pritzker said the departure of Linda Chapa LaVia was a "mutual decision” that comes in the wake of deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 at state veterans’...

Prosecutor: Veteran embezzled nearly $1M in benefits

Jan. 10, 2021 11:13 AM EST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Vietnam veteran embezzled nearly $1 million in health care benefits from the government that helped support a lifestyle that included dancing, playing basketball and buying a beach condo, according to federal prosecutors. Federal prosecutors based in...

Kentucky medical center vaccinates veterans against COVID-19

Jan. 9, 2021 9:46 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Before the coronavirus hit Kentucky in March, Marine Corps veteran Theodore McNeal enjoyed golfing every day and hosting friends and family at his Springfield home. For months, his social life has taken a dive: No more watching the University of Kentucky Wildcats play with friends or...

Providence VA Medical Center starts vaccinating patients

Jan. 7, 2021 2:21 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The VA Providence Healthcare System has started giving COVID-19 vaccinations for veteran patients at the Providence VA Medical Center, authorities say. John Kirby was the first non-employee veteran to receive a first dose of the vaccination on Wednesday. “As vaccine supplies...